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My Experience at Burning Man 2010

I once went to a B.B. King concert, not because I'd ever owned a single song of his or had any familiarity with his music or his genre, but because I knew he was the best at what he did. In that same vein, I've always wanted to experience Burning Man, not because I care about hippies, techno music, drugs, or art, but because it's the biggest and best event of its kind in the world.

For years I intended to go to Burning Man, but the problem is that Burning Man requires a huge degree of preparation. As I found out firsthand, it's located in one of the least hospitable areas of the United States, which means that you need more stuff than you're used to needing (goggles, water, etc.), and you must provide it all yourself. So each year passed by with my intentions dissolving into the reality of a fast approaching deadline and not having prepared at all. But this year was different. A friend of mine took the initiative to rent a huge RV, recruit a Burning Man veteran to come with us, and generally organize the trip.

"Well," I thought, "it's never going to be easier than this. I may as well go."

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On Where Pianos Roam

This morning, I decided to give myself a little treat.  I've been wanting to see the new Disney/Pixar film "Up" for a while, and so, I found a local theater that is playing a morning (11:30 AM) matinee  of it in 3D. First of all, I really think all films, at least the action-packed kinds, should be in 3D.  My Goodness!!!!  Theater screens with 3D are AMAAAZZING!!!  I totally, completely, LOVED IT!!!!    Oh theater/movie-making GODS!!!  Please make more movies in 3D!! Secondly, this film is just plain beautiful in every way!!!!  It is another Disney/Pixar CLASSIC!!!  It is so delicately and colorfully rendered--makes me wonder if I should have become a cartoonist instead of musician. The soft and rich color palette, the unlikely pairing of an elderly man and (what looks like) an Asian boyscout, the talking dogs, and this adventurous story make for a thrilling movie-going experience!!!! What a glorious, endearing little film!! Go see this movie!!!  See it in 3D!!!  Just go and see it!!!!! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3bwLIVdc4I] I think I might chuckle the next time I see a squirrel. -gordon

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